Welcome to our Resource for Relocation Information

We have tried to create a resource where information could be obtained on a variety of subjects without doing a tremendous amount of study and investigation.   The topics that have been of particular interest to those whose Relocations we have handled have been included.

The surprise in all of the information shared in this website is the vast variety of services, facilities, activities, recreation and entertainment available in a city the size of Columbus or within a short drive of Columbus.  The feeling one gets when visiting the city and touring what the city offers is that Columbus is a very special place!

We who live in Columbus feel that the “Quality of Life” is very special here.  There is an opportunity to quickly become a part of the city, getting acquainted easily, having opportunities to become a part of volunteer efforts (if you would choose to do so) and soon feel comfortable in the surroundings here.

The very unique thing about Columbus and its location is the fact that it is located in the middle of this triangle created by Indianapolis (north), Cincinnati (east) and Louisville (south).  This means that although we do not have an international airport, Broadway theater productions, professional sports, etc. here, we are really close to three cities where these things are available.  These three cities are conveniently located to Columbus.  Also – just 4 hours north – Chicago is an easy drive with interstate all the way.

So, we offer the quality of life of a small yet very special city with all sorts of advantages closeby in all directions!

The picture shown is Otter Creek Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones and located in Columbus, Indiana.

Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

 

What would be the best day ever – as imagined by children and “the young at heart”?  The day most children might imagine as the best day possible would be a visit to  Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor & Museum for an irresistable lunch in downtown Columbus, followed by a visit to the Kids Commons – Columbus’ Community Children Museum (just next door) and then a return to Zaharakos for a splendid  ice cream dessert.

Zaharakos was started in 1900 by the Zaharako family who had a ice cream parlor serving homemade ice cream,  lunch and selling candy  One of the highlights of a visit to Zaharakos besides the wonderful ice cream was an opportunity to view the soda bar and the tiffany lamps and see and hear  the pipe organ – all unbelievable and  all beautiful.  As the Zaharakos family ran their business for many years, Columbus saw many changes.  Eventually, Zaharakos was sold to Tony Moravec who remodeled and restored all of the elements of the original ice cream parlor during a two-year period, enlarged the facility to include a museum, totally restored the pipe organ and reopened.    As Zaharakos was reopened, the magnificence of the endeavor was very apparent and visitors from all over the country visit to view and enjoy a soda parlor like none other.  Zaharakos has become a favorite among local residents who frequent the facility often and also a place where receptions, parties and special events are held.

A visit to the Zaharakos website will tell its history and give a lot of information about the events that make Zaharakos so special.

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Downtown Columbus Streetscape and Architecture

The restoration of charming  downtown Columbus reflects the city’s history.  These buildings  are in sharp contrast to the Architectual Masterpieces that appear downtown and throughout the City.  Many restaurants of quaint design and theme occupy the area along with small shoppes and weather permitting, outdoor cafes.

Mill Race Park is located downtown and positioned on the shores of White River and features an outdoor theater where many special musical events and festivals are held.

Also located downtown is the Bartholomew County Library where the magnificent Henry Moore Large Arch sits outside on the library plaza. Always believing that you can tell a lot about a city and its priorities from its library, we would be sure that Columbus is indeed special place where the focus is indeed on a Quality of Life uncommon in many places. Also, located down, Cummins Engine Company Corporate Headquarters and the recently completed Mill Race Center, a center devoted to activities for 50 and up!

These are just a few of the highlights of Columbus’ downtown for a visit to Kids Commons and Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum would certainly be a part of a comprehensive tour.   Opening soon, the new Commons will feature the indoor children’s playground, special events center, restaurants – the gathering place of Columbus.

Charming & Quaint – Nashville, Brown County

Having grown up in the Nashville/Brown County area, I always wondered what the attraction was for people. To me, it was just home, nothing special, just where I lived, had family, went to school, worked, and “hung out”. It took moving away, in 1991, for me to truly gain an appreciation for the quaint village, the peaceful lifestyle, and spectacular scenery.

When many people think of Brown County, they think of the Brown County State Park. Indiana’s largest state park is visited by millions each year for camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming, or horseback riding. Many come to observe the abundant wildlife, or to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Brown County is most recognized for its magnificent display of fall foliage. In the fall, primarily the month of October, winding country roads are packed with tourists, stopping to observe, or take photos of the colorful displays.  But, locals will tell you, “fall isn’t all” in Brown County. Spring brings abundant displays of Redbud, and Dogwood, mixed with the fresh greens of nature waking up.

Brown County is dotted with various small towns, most of which have unique names; Gnawbone, Bean Blossom, Helmsburg, Peoga, Trevlac. The largest town, and the county seat, is Nashville. Nashville became popular, in the early part of the 20th century, to artists, coming to paint Brown County scenery. Many of them opened studios in Nashville.  Nashville quickly became known as a popular tourist destination. Hotels and restaurants opened, and catered to the many visitors. With no major industry, Nashville relies heavily on the tourist trade. Two major art galleries, many unique gift shops and boutiques, and a wide array of restaurants boost the local economy while serving the many visitors who come to the area each year. However, there are many smaller businesses and industries. For Bare Feet is a popular sock factory that ships uniquely designed socks all over the country.


For recreation and entertainment there are various venues from which to choose, including Brown County State Park, Yellowwood State Forest, Monroe Reservoir, and Lake Lemon. There is a local YMCA, a highly proclaimed library, and various musical and theatrical groups. In addition to this there are many local artisans who create anything from pottery, to jewelry, and offer the items in Nashville shops, or in their private studios dotted throughout the area.

While Brown County is known far and wide as a popular tourist destination, it is also home to the many who have found the quiet, peaceful, laid-back lifestyle attractive. The local zoning officials have worked hard to preserve the quaint, rustic ambience of the Nashville settled many years ago by Hoosier pioneers.

Come for a visit, or better yet, come to stay. The peaceful, quiet, small-town atmosphere is a great place for retiring, or for raising a family. Take it from a native – it’s a great place to grow up!

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Lakes in Southern Indiana

 

 

 

Columbus is blessed with several lake communities with a wide variety of homes and amenities.  Established neighborhoods like Sandy Hook on the East side of town and the Lagoons near downtown offer moderately priced homes with the convenience of living near schools, shopping and many restaurants but still being able to swim or fish from your own dock or small boat.

 

Farther east in the county, Shaeffer Lake offers affordable homes on a lovely lake with fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing options.

 

On the west side of town, Tipton Lakes Community offers three beautiful lakes connected by a series of small channels. All residents, regardless of whether they own lakefront property have full use of all lakes and the marina.  Only non-motorized boats are permitted but summer evenings will find a number of residents in pontoons and kayaks enjoying spectacular sunsets. A number of hardy fisherman are often found ice fishing thoughout the coldest days of winter.

 

Farther west in the county, Harrison Lake offers  lake living with many residents and non-residents choosing the option of country club membership. Some of the added benefits are a beautiful club house, 18 hole award winning golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and nature trails.

For those homeowners desiring the features of a larger lake, beautiful   Grandview lake offers water skiing, motor boats, fishing and swimming and many beautiful year around and summer homes. Nestled in the western hills, Grandview Lake  offers spectacular views of nearby Brown County.

 

For serious water skiers, Sawmill Lake offers lovely homes located on competitive ski lakes. Nearby, Tamerix Lake, Wood Lake and Terrace Lake also have many lovely homes with private wooded lots.

 

It has been said that once you experience lake living, you never want to leave.  Many residents have moved from one lake to another over the years but simply aren’t willing to give up the added enjoyment of waking up to sunrise over the lake, sipping wine while enjoying a beautiful sunset cruise or just relaxing on an intertube or float on a warm summer day.

 

Lake property is available in most price ranges so if you’ve always thought you might like to live on the lake, maybe this year is the time to make the move. You may never want to leave.

 

A video of Harrison Lake appears below.

 

This article was contributed by:

 

Jan Brinkman

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Bartholomew County Library & Large Arch by Henry Moore

The Large Arch designed by Henry Moore was a gift to the City of Columbus from the J. Irwin Miller family.  It sits in the middle of the Plaza with the Bartholomew County Library in the background.    The Library is a magnificent structure and offers many services with extensive programming for children.

Harrison Lake Golf Course

There are many golf courses in Southern Indiana, some private, most public,all picturesque.  Columbus is the home of Otter Creek Golf Course, a public golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones who is known around the world for his golf courses.

Columbus Indiana Views from Downtown

 

A collage of the tower of the beautifully renovated Bartholomew County Court House is a lovely sight as viewed in downtown Columbus.  Nearby, two steeples of First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church add to the beauty of downtown with its brick-paved sidewalks and lovely restaurants and shops.